Our congregation began in 1906, with a group of Central Square residents who met in each other’s homes. In 1908 our current building was erected, thanks in large part to the Goettel family of Central Square. At that time the church was part of the Universalist denomination but in 1961, along with other Universalist churches, voted to join the merged Unitarian-Universalist Association.
We are a 501(c)3 organization and the only Unitarian-Universalist church in Oswego County. Our membership has expanded beyond the borders of Central Square and now includes people from many places in Oswego and northern Onondaga counties.
As a congregation, we are drawn from a wide variety of faith traditions. We encourage the spiritual growth of our members. We strive to honor our Affirmation of Faith and the Seven Principles of the Unitarian-Universalist Association. Showing compassion to each other and to those in need around the world is an important part of who we are. Our commitment is to building a beloved community both within the church and in the wider world. Within the church we strive to support each other in our joys and sorrows. We join together as a community of seekers to develop our spiritual lives. Beyond the church community, our concerns include the environment, poverty, peace and justice.
Relationship to the Unitarian-Universalist Association (UUA)
The Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) is the central organization for the Unitarian Universalist (UU) religious movement in the United States. The UUA’s 1000+ member congregations are committed to Seven Principles that include the worth of each person, the need for justice and compassion, and the right to choose one’s own beliefs. Our faith tradition is diverse and inclusive. We grew from the union of two radical Christian groups: the Universalists, who organized in 1793, and the Unitarians, who organized in 1825. They joined to become the UUA in 1961. Both groups trace their roots in North America to the early Massachusetts settlers and the Framers of the Constitution. Across the globe, our legacy reaches back centuries to liberal religious pioneers in England, Poland, and Transylvania. Today, Unitarian Universalists include people of many beliefs who share UU values. Each UU congregation is democratic—congregational leaders set their own priorities and choose their own ministers and staff. Congregations vote for the leaders of the UUA, who oversee the central staff and resources. The UUA supports congregations in their work by training ministers, publishing books and the UU World magazine, providing religious education curricula, offering shared services, coordinating social justice activities, and more.